Businesses and technicians in the business of refrigeration and air conditioning installation, service and repair need to prepare themselves for systems and equipment entering the Australian market filled with or designed for many new refrigerants including HFOs, CO2, NH3 and HC.
These refrigerants and the components and systems designed for them will present significant changes to the tools, working practices, standards and workplace safety considerations relating to installation, repair, service and refrigerant recovery.
This year, tens of millions of new systems designed for new low global warming potential HFOs, CO2, NH3, HC and lower GWP HFC refrigerants will be produced around the world.
In the near future it is expected that every new piece of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment sold in Australia will use one of these refrigerants.
Following a successful pilot event in Sydney earlier this year , an industry-led education initiative called future:gas is being rolled out across the country.
The seminars provide information about these new technologies and are being held between June and September of this year.
Conveniently timed on mid-week evenings with entry priced at just $10, future:gas seminars are designed to be as accessible as possible to those working in refrigeration and air conditioning.
Attendees to future:gas seminars will be among the first in Australia to receive a comprehensive overview of new-generation refrigerants and the related technologies in one knowledge-enhancing evening.
Each future:gas seminar will feature presentations from top industry experts, who will explain the reason for the changes, the technical background of the new refrigerants, new safe working practices and standards relating to the quality and design of both components and service equipment.
Spaces are limited, so early booking is advised. Tickets are heavily subsidised by contributions from industry associations and corporate sponsorship, priced at just $10 per delegate and available from www.futuregas.ac through a secure online booking system.
Over time, the futuregas.ac website will become an information resource for the numerous new-generation HFOs, CO2, NH3 and HC refrigerants.
Refrigerants Australia (peak organisation representing Australian refrigerant suppliers and users), Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (product stewardship organisation for the Australian refrigerants industry), the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (RACCA) and licensing body the Australian Refrigeration Council, are hosting the event.
The first seminar will be held in Newcastle (NSW) on Monday, June 19, followed by Sydney (NSW) on Tuesday, June 20 and Canberra (ACT) on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
In July, there will be a seminar in Townsville (QLD) on Tuesday, July 18, as well as Brisbane (QLD) on Wednesday, July 19 and Rockhampton (QLD) on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
The seminars return again in August with the first event in Perth (WA) on Wednesday, August 2, and Darwin (NT) on Thursday, August 3, 2017.
There are three seminars planned for the month of September including Melbourne (VIC) on Tuesday, September 5 and Hobart (TAS) on Wednesday, September 6 and Albury (NSW) on Thursday, September 7, 2017.